Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has suffered another high-speed crash during free practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. Lorenzo had a similar crash during practice in the previous round at Assen, but still lined up on the grid to race, finishing fifth despite breaking his collarbone in three places in the accident. […]
Qatar MotoGP Brake Infographic, Provided By Brembo
Brembo has been in the braking game for a long time, and supplies braking components to 21 of the 23 riders in MotoGP this year. So it has plenty of data compiled over the years. In this infographic, provided by Brembo, the Italian company breaks down (pun not intended) the Qatar circuit, turn by turn.
There’s quite a bit of information contained in the graphic above, but let’s look at a few items. First, Brembo categorizes the Qatar track as a medium in terms of the punishment it puts on the braking components. Because the track is mostly flowing, without many stop-and-go corners or hard braking zones, the equipment isn’t being taxed at every turn.
Interestingly, Brembo calculates that, throughout the course of the 22-lap race, one MotoGP machine will produce 6.7kWh of braking energy — that’s more energy than the 5.7kWh the Zero FX carries onboard with its two-battery setup.
Looking at the braking chart itself, it’s no surprise the hardest braking zone comes at the first turn, as its relatively sharp radius is preceded by the longest straight on the course. Riders will be applying the brakes right as they reach 357 kmh, or nearly 222 mph! They’ll be on the brakes for 263 meters (863 feet), applying 8kg of force on the brake lever, or 17.6 lbs, at the point of maximum braking.
If you like knowing the forces involved in slowing a MotoGP motorcycle, the chart above is full useful information. Brembo has set up a mini site, motogp.brembo.com, with detailed charts and infographics of all the tracks the MotoGP calendar will visit throughout the season, updated just before the grand prix weekend.